Vomiting, or throwing up, is the forceful discharge of stomach contents through the mouth and is very common in children. The muscles in the abdomen contract and exert what seems like all of your life force to eject the contents of your stomach. No wonder then that even a short vomiting spell takes a heavy toll on your body. More so in the case of children.
Vomiting episodes are common among children and sometimes even prove beneficial in ridding their bodies off of unwanted substances and pathogens that they may have unknowingly ingested.
Once it has run its course, the vomiting ceases on its own without the need for any medical intervention. It is, nevertheless, important to remain cautious of signs of dehydration in children, and proactively try to settle their stomach and replenish the loss of fluid and energy before the condition escalates to a life-threatening level.
To reduce the chances of vomiting in children-
When to See a Doctor
Sometimes, a visit to the doctor is a must, especially when there is prolonged vomiting, the child is dehydrated, the child is not able to keep fluids down for a span of 12 hours, and when the following symptoms are present- blurred vision, stiff neck, coughing, high fever, and migraine.
Vomiting and the associated symptoms are often “cured” once the cause of the problem subsides. In most cases, vomiting in children tends to stop without specific medical treatment. However, you can try some home remedies to stop the vomiting and make your child feel better.
Here are some home remedies to help ease nausea and vomiting in children.
Increase Water Intake
Vomiting can lead to loss of water in the body and ultimately dehydration, which can be harmful for your child. Hence, the first step to treat vomiting in children and stop dehydration is increasing water intake. A liquid diet is not only easy on the stomach, but it also goes a long way in restoring the body’s strength.
Water is usually enough to rehydrate your child’s body. It is essential that you give your child sufficient water to drink from time to time even if he/she does not feel particularly thirsty.
Moreover, a study suggests that parents should feel free to give young children with minimal dehydration apple juice or their favorite beverage instead of an electrolyte solution when they’re recovering from vomiting.
- Children who are being breastfed should continue to receive breast milk, but make sure to feed more often than usual.
- Make your child sip small amounts of water and clear fluids throughout the day.
- You can also offer carbohydrate- or electrolyte-containing drinks.
- Making them suck on popsicles made from juices. Sports drinks can also help a lot.
- Even giving ice chips to suck at frequent intervals is beneficial.
Note: For the first 24 hours or so of any illness that causes vomiting, keep your child off solid foods, and encourage him/her to have more fluids. Babies should NOT receive water unless instructed by your doctor.